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TITLE:   PUSH FOR MANDATORY GM FOODS LABELS

SOURCE:  The Fiji Times, Fiji

AUTHOR:  Frederica Elbourne

URL:     http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=174785

DATE:    11.07.2011

SUMMARY: "The Consumer Council of Fiji made the comment yesterday as it joined 100 other member countries that have lobbied for decades for some form of guidance on labelling genetically modified foods and crops. [...] ?There must also be proper documentation and bulk labelling, for example, on snack food, to ensure that GMOs can be traced through the food chain,? Ms Kumar said. In Fiji, supermarket shelves carry GM products such as edible oils, milk, and tinned and packaged products."

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PUSH FOR MANDATORY GM FOODS LABELS

AN international agreement on labelling of genetically modified food has fallen short of the worldwide consumer demand that it be made mandatory. The Consumer Council of Fiji made the comment yesterday as it joined 100 other member countries that have lobbied for decades for some form of guidance on labelling genetically modified foods and crops. However, the breakthrough achieved yesterday in agreeing to guidance over labelling of genetically modified food was a significant milestone for consumer rights, the council?s chief executive officer Premila Kumar said. ?The council has not received any complaints from consumers on the sale of GM foods in supermarkets. ?It is important that all GMOs, and products made from GMOs, are labelled. ?There must also be proper documentation and bulk labelling, for example, on snack food, to ensure that GMOs can be traced through the food chain,? Ms Kumar said. In Fiji, supermarket shelves carry GM products such as edible oils, milk, and tinn
 ed and packaged products.